posted on Jul, 29 2008 @ 12:04 PM
For me, I would look at him like a mother would. If I saw him develop traits and actions that represented maturity he would be "becoming a man"
instead of a boy. A daughter would be "becoming a woman" at child bearing age. What those traits and actions for a man would be are numerous and
varied based on the personality of the boy. Responsibility, self-sufficiency, emotional well-being, etc. If I felt the boy was "ready" to go out
into the world on his own. For men who live at home, it is complicated because the reasons are usually complicated. He could be a man, but have ties
to his parents for either immature or mature reasons. I know a man who lives at home, but he hasn't always, and he does because he loves them and
helps them, and his paycheck goes into the pot, as opposed to living with a roommate. He is not married. Never has been. I see him as a man, but he
hasn't formed a stereotypical life with a woman. He has also retained his childlike enthusiasm at 40. He dates, but nothing has really evolved out
When you add an adjective to MAN, is when it gets more complicated, successful man, happy man, good man, ladies's man, man's man, etc.